Engineering Training Centre

Education and CPD for Teaching Staff

Education Policy

We work closely with schools, colleges and universities throughout the North East as part of our campaign to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering. Most of this work involves our staff introducing young people to the sort of careers available here in the North East and inspiring them to understand the fantastic opportunities there are in engineering.

We support schools in raising standards in educationensuring that our resources are targeted and help to equip young people with the skills and abilities they need.

The Engineering Training Centre has a number of education initiatives available in the area to support schools, colleges, National Careers Centre advisors and the Connexions service. These include:

  • Free CPD training for teachers and teaching staff
  • An ‘Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships’ PowerPoint for teaching staff to use as part of careers/PHSE teaching
  • Presentations at school careers events
  • Presentations at Year 11 assemblies
  • Additional useful websites

Free CPD training for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 teaching staff

As the age of education participation has risen to 18, more young people are seeking apprenticeships. As a result, teachers and teaching staff must increase their knowledge of the opportunities available for pupils so they can nurture the skills required and support young people in the application process.
ETC offers a free CPD course for teachers and teaching staff that supports them in these areas offering the following:

  • An introduction to a range of downloadable and online educational lesson plans and activities to engage Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils in engineering both as an interest and a career
  • How to use the ETC Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships PowerPoint
  • An introduction to the ETC apprenticeship application process
  • A tour around ETC to see the training we deliver in action

These courses are repeated every term and last two hours. To book on our next course please visit our free CPD course booking page.

Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships PowerPoint

In response to requests from teaching staff, we have put together a downloadable ‘Introduction to Engineering Apprenticeships’ PowerPoint. The PowerPoint comes with teaching notes that can be as part of careers/PHSE teaching and can be downloaded from here.

Presentations at School Careers Events

In addition to attending careers events, we also offer a programme of assembly visits for Year 11 pupils, normally delivered between January and March each year. These sessions are designed to engage young people by providing an overview about engineering, explaining more about what an apprentice is and how they can apply for an apprenticeship. They are normally delivered to the full school Year 11 group and can last between 10 to 30 minutes.

If you would like to book the Engineering Training Centre team for a careers event presentation please complete the ‘Contact us’ form and one of our team will call you back.

Additional useful websites

The Engineering Training Centre lists these websites as an information resource for education providers, but is not responsible for their content.

BAE Systems has a series of downloadable worksheets on STEM topics from the Royal Academy of Engineering providing a wide range of resources and information, including over 40 curriculum-aligned lesson plans. New content is added regularly so it’s worth checking on a regular basis for fresh ideas.

BBC Bitesize has a number of resources including lesson plans covering a variety of engineering topics.

British Gas Generation Green provides engaging, curriculum compliant teaching resources for ages 4-14 years.

Discover Engineering provides lesson plans for students of all ages.

EDT is the largest provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment activities for UK youth. Their range of work related learning schemes provides opportunities for 11-21 year olds to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses.

How Stuff Works contains unbiased and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.

K'NEX User Group
The K'NEX User Group exists to support users of the K'NEX construction kit :

  • At home
  • In school
  • Out-of-school (eg childcare, children's clubs, and family learning)
  • In adult education and training

Rolls-Royce offers a range of downloads ad online activities to engage children and young people in to engineering from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4

Schoolzone provides free resources for teachers which are reviewed by teachers. Search for‘engineering’ and find 289 activities to choose from.

Science Learning Centres are a national network for professional development in science teaching. Their aim is to improve science teaching and to inspire pupils by providing them with a more exciting, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education. This enables pupils to gain the knowledge and understanding they need - both as the citizens and as the scientists of the future.

STEM Careers is a digital toolkit for students and teachers. It helps to make the link between the science, technology, engineering and maths subjects pupils study in school, college or university and the world of work.

TES Teaching Resources is where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. Whether you are looking for SEN teaching strategies and approaches, VCOP activities, or secondary classroom activities, you can choose from 1000s of teacher resources, download them for free and adapt them to suit your classroom activities. Click on the design and technology link to find a wealth of engineering resources.

Young Engineers supports the setting up of extra-curricular engineering clubs and enriches the activities of existing clubs. They also run a wide variety of national competitions and activities covering ages 7 to 19.